Alan Bass
1929 - 2020
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BASS, Dr. Alan (aka "Big Guy") March 22, 1929 - February 12, 2020 Alan died peacefully on February 12 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Nesta, his children Gillian, Charles, Michael, Nigel (Jenni) and Katrina (Jeff), his grandchildren Laura, Catherine and Elizabeth and his sisters, Lydia and Shirley and closest niece Petra. Alan was a devoted son to his mother Rose. He was a loving family man who approached life and family with a sense of humour and adventure. His wise council, sage advice and laughter will be missed. He was a true gentleman and real "people person" who enjoyed getting to know everyone he met. He had diverse tastes and was equally happy attending an opera or being surrounded and tending his menagerie of animals. He filled his leisure time with fishing and travelling. His last great adventure abroad was a family vacation on a small riverboat up to the headwaters of the Amazon river. He was a dedicated physician who loved his vocation and always went the "extra mile" for his patients. His career spanned over 60 years and two continents. Highlights included being the team doctor for the 1966 World Cup winning English Football team, helping to establish the original protocols for doping in sport, serving on the FIFA and Olympic medical committees. He was one of the founding board members of both the International and North American Arthroscopy Associations. He treated the English Water Ski team, Wimbledon tennis players, visiting international Cricket teams, Ryder Cup Golf players. He was involved with international boxing, the Royal Ballet and Pinewood film studios. He worked with the Hamilton Tiger Cats and many other professional athletes both in England and Canada. He was truly a pioneer in the world of sports medicine. The family want to sincerely thank Dr. McKeen and all the staff of 3 East at The Heights care home for protecting his dignity and providing comfort, kindness and love in the latter part of his life. Please come and join us in celebrating his life on March 14th at 2pm First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive. Please wear something colourful as he loved that! Condolences may be offered through

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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2020.
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August 31, 2020
I only came upon this today. My apologies for the delay.
Dr. Bass was a true gentleman.
I was fortunate to know him in Ontario as well as the few time I ventured to Victoria.
He was a great man and father to a truly memorable family.
All my best to Nesta and family.

Tom Reilly
April 25, 2020
I found this today, after thinking about Dr.Bass...I remember fondly his clinics at the Physiotherapy Department in Campbell River and his wonderful practical, pragmatic approach to his patients.I always enjoyed his sense of humour and sharing our 'Geordie' jokes. Good times.
Rhona Burslem
March 11, 2020
Alan was such a wonderful boss and I loved being his 'red haired dragon lady'. Haydn and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him. He was larger than life and we will miss him. Although we cannot be with you on the 14th, our thoughts will be with Nesta and the family.
Kathy and Haydn Richardson
March 3, 2020
I remember the years working in the office with him and the wonderful stories he would share and the laughter that filled our days. I will miss you. My thoughts and wishes to the loved ones he has left behind.

Katherine Woodworth
February 28, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Doctor Bass was a wonderful caring man loved by all who knew him. He will be sadly missed.
Colleen Gill
February 27, 2020
I was fortunate enough to have had Alan as a professor and teacher at McMaster (1977-1979) - Alan was renowned for his affability, ability and availability, the true definition of a Consultant. His bonhomerie, his abiding love for his patients, and his delight in practising medicine, along with the ever-present twinkle in his eye distinguished him amongst his students. My condolences to Michael and to Katrina, and to the entire Bass family. May your memories of your Loved-one strengthen you, and inspire you to do deeds of lovingkindness and may that, in turn, be a comfort and a consolation to you.
David Brook
February 26, 2020
Alan was a great man to work with both professionally and personally. Very knowledgeable and thorough in his craft and always full of humour.
Ernie Higgs
February 26, 2020
So sorry to hear of Alan's passing . Our condolences to your family . We loved our conversations with him at Beecher Bay .
Jennifer and Rob Wallace
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